Daily Archives: March 24, 2011

Making Labor Disappear… From Crooks and Liars:

clipped from crooksandliars.com

Maine’s New Teabag Gov Wants to Wipe Out History of the Labor Movement.


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Governor Le Page

Democrats are the ones who are always taunted by the Republicans for being “politically correct,” but when was the last time you heard of a Democrat doing something so stupid, silly and just plain mean as this? Teabag Gov. LePage is so incredibly tone deaf to the mainstream, I’ll be surprised if he makes it through an entire term without a recall movement:


Once again, Republicans are trying to erase the history of America’s working people. In Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history from the Department of Labor. The11-panel piece in part depicts a 1986 paper mill strike and “Rosie the Riveter” at Bath Iron Works. Judy Taylor, an artist based on Mount Desert, won a 2007 competition to create the mural to depict the “History of Labor in the State of Maine.”

Further, the names of conference rooms are being changed to make them more “business friendly.” One is called the “Perkins Room,” for Frances Perkins, the first female Secretary of Labor and promoter of New Deal policies that improved workers’ rights on the job. Perkins championed labor reforms after the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire that resulted in the deaths of 146 garment workers in New York City. This Friday is the 100th anniversary of that tragedy.
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What is it about these TeaBag Governors? Have they forgotten all the advances that Labor brought to this country? Eight hour days? Weekends off? Summer vacations? Regular advancements and fair negotiations? This Le Page is as bad as Scott Walker and just as deserving of removal.

Playwright Lanford Wilson Dies at 73…

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson has died of pneumonia complications at the Kindred St. Joseph Hospital in Wayne, N.J. Wilson lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Wilson was one of the founders of the Circle Repertory Company, an off-Broadway repertory group where he premiered his plays. Known for such works as “The Hot l Baltimore” and Talley’s Folly“, he explored such themes as contemporary gay identity, youthful angst and the  modern lack of the usual social or ethical standards.

A number of Wilson’s plays reached Broadway, and he received three Tony nominations for best play. But today he is most closely associated with the off-off-Broadway scene. He won the Pulitzer for “Talley’s Folly.”

A revival production of “Burn This,” directed by Nicholas Martin, is set to open at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on April 3.

Libya Update… Big Change Today

Cropped version photo of Ahmet Davutoglu, June...

Ahmet Davutoglu

Just announced by Hillary Clinton: NATO is taking over the No Fly Zone command.

Turkey‘s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said through Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency:

“The coalition that was formed following the Paris meeting will abandon the mission and hand it over entirely to a single command system under NATO.

“All of Turkey’s concerns, demands on the issue have been met,”

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe sought to debunk speculation that the allies were after oil-rich Libya‘s hydrocarbons:

“People always say that it’s oil behind all this – that’s not true. To have consistent, cheap oil, the best thing would have been to change nothing in Libya. It’s not oil that pushes us to all this.”

I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens next.

I’m Packaging 300 of my Web Poppers which I will make available next week…

Several of my readers have asked me where I get the little 72 x 72 pixel images I put in some of my posts…especially the ones I use to describe events in my own life. I call these little guys Web Poppers and they are all quality JPEG images that are easily placed onto blog posts (in WordPress I just use the “add an image” button at Upload/Insert).

For 25 years I have been developing picture fonts (many of you have purchased one or more of the monthly promotions over in the next column that I use to fund this blog) and have built up thousands of images over the years. Some are abstract decorations, some are food oriented, many are people doing activities…and more. As I have perfected some of these and converted them to small JPEGs, I have been finding all kinds of ways to use them (such as I am doing on this post.)

Next week I will be releasing a CD with 300 of the best of these images, the ones I use the most, which I will be selling for $39.95, which includes shipping and sales tax. There are no limitations on how you may use them… I would hope, however, that you don’t sell them to someone else, but send them your friends to me. The funds I receive from this offer will help keep Under The LobsterScope going into the future.

Look for the release ad next week.

– Bill

And some Thursday Afternoon Humor: Two Dogs Dining…

Certainly not like my Nestle and Byron

Sound Familiar? (or Why even a non-war is bad for Civilian health)

This from Reuters:

Reuters describes the bodies of eighteen Libyan civilians officials say were killed overnight by Western air strikes in Tripoli. Some of the bodies were charred beyond recognition, the agency reports after journalists examined what were the first victims seen by foreign reporters:

“They are civilians. They are not guilty of anything,” said morgue worker Abdel Salaam.

And we shot down a plane yesterday… wow!

Getting our minds off Libya, Wisconsin and Japan for awhile: Are you looking for a cushy job?

You could be the Aflac Duck‘s new voice. Really. I just ran across this in an article in Salon.

Aflac is auditioning voices to find the one that will replace the fired Gilbert Gottfried…and you could be the one.

All you have to do is record an audition piece and get it e-mailed to Aflac at http://www.quackaflac.com/applyonline by April Fool’s Day.

Here are the guidelines:

* Submitted by 11:59pm PST on Friday 4/1
* No more than 30 seconds long
* 10MB or smaller
* File name includes your first and last names
* Is a standard file format:
o Audio: mp3, wav, midi, wma, mpa, mp2, m2a, ra
o Video: mov, qt, mpeg, mpg, wmv, rmvb, rm, avi, m4a, mp4, m4v

Note: Although I spent a little time during my job search period selling Aflac some years ago, I have no relationship, economic or otherwise, to these auditions. I assume Salon doesn’t either. I will be entering, however.

Good luck!